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Teaching approach and training

The HEC Montréal Case Centre aims to promote the use of management cases through the regular production of new teaching cases in all management fields as well as through class facilitation and teaching through discussion.

To learn more about our teaching approaches, click here to see video clips of HEC Montréal professors experienced in case-based teaching: link to YouTube videos

In addition to training HEC Montréal professors in case-based teaching, The Case Centre also offers training sessions elsewhere in Quebec, in France, and in several other countries. Our team of experienced trainers – all professors who are experts in the case method – deliver two main types of training in both French and English: 

+  Training in the writing of cases and teaching notes

These training sessions, offered in several different formats, aim to answer some or all of the following questions: 

  • What is a case? What are the characteristics of a good teaching case?
  • What are the different types of case? What are their respective strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the opportunities for producing teaching cases and what is the synergy with research activities?
  • How can you collaborate with companies to produce teaching cases?
  • What is the process of producing a case and its teaching notes?
  • What are the traps to be avoided at the various stages of producing a case?
  • How should you handle the issues of anonymity, confidentiality, and authorization to publish?
  • What are the main challenges of writing a teaching case and the best practices for meeting them?
  • What are the objectives of teaching notes and their content?
  • What is the role of theoretical knowledge in a case and its teaching notes?
  • Where can you publish teaching cases; how can you distribute and market them?
  • How can you increase your chances of having a case published in a peer-reviewed journal such as the IJCSM?

+  Training in the facilitation of case discussion

These training sessions, offered in several different formats, aim to answer some or all of the following questions:

  • What are the theories and learning principles underlying case-based management teaching?
  • How can you use cases to teach highly technical or quantitative subjects?
  • What are the key principles of in-class case discussions?
  • What is the role of the teacher in case-based teaching?
  • How does the teacher prepare to discuss a case?
  • How does the teacher prepare students to discuss a case?
  • How do you start, resume, and conclude the discussion of a case?
  • What are the traps to avoid in facilitating a case discussion?
  • What are the objectives of teaching notes and their content?
  • What is the role of theoretical knowledge in a case and its teaching notes?
  • What is the role of theoretical knowledge in case-based teaching?
  • What are the possible variations of the method depending on the discipline, the type of students, and the group size?
  • How are students evaluated in case-based learning?
  • How can you consolidate learning session after session?
  • How can case-based teaching be adapted to on-line or distance learning?
  • Where can you find good cases for in-class use?

In addition to “traditional” (face to face) training sessions at HEC Montréal and client institutions, we also offer distance learning options as well as individual coaching sessions for case writers.

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Our Trainers

Anne Mesny

Former director of the Case Centre and past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Case Studies in Management, Anne Mesny has produced more than twenty management cases; she regularly offers training sessions in the case method and one-on-one coaching to teachers wishing to learn how to produce cases or to fine-tune their approach. Her research interests include teaching methods in management education. 

Jean Talbot

A full professor in the Department of Information Technologies, Jean Talbot has been using the case method to teach IT management at the MBA level for more than thirty years. He has co-written several cases in the IT field and has held several positions in management education at HEC Montréal, including MBA Program Director and Pedagogical Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre. He has received the Jean Guertin teaching award, presented to professors for their exemplary teaching career.

Serge Poisson-de Haro

An associate professor in the Department of Management, Serge Poisson-de Haro has produced numerous cases in strategy. The case “Ohlson Pumps Canada,” co-written with Rémy Boulianne, received the 2012 award for best case published in the International Journal of Case Studies in Management. Serge has also received several teaching awards. He twice received the Teacher of the Year Award from MBA students and twice received the HEC Award for Best Professor from his peers. Serge is an expert not only in producing cases and teaching notes but also in the use of computer simulations for teaching strategy. His research interests include management education and experiential learning methods. He has participated in peer-training programs on these methods.

Line Dubé

Line Dubé, editor-in-chief of the IJCSM, has devoted much of her career over the past 20 years to the development of effective teaching tools. She has written numerous cases, both large and small, eight of which were published in the IJCSM and four of which won this journal’s Best Case Award. She also co-authored, with Carmen Bernier, a textbook aimed at supporting accountants in the development of IT management skills. The book’s teaching strategy was based on the facilitation of a series of 24 cases accompanied by teaching plans and teaching notes. A preliminary version of this material won HEC Montréal’s Teaching Innovation Award and the version published by Pearson ERPI in 2011 earned a special mention at the ceremony presenting Quebec’s Prix du ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie. Line has also facilitated several group training sessions on this topic, as well as offering one-on-one coaching to aspiring case writers.

 
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